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Wizardry 8 Review

(PC: Single-Player RPG) | Posted by Rendelius @ Saturday - December 01, 2001 - 03:43 -
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As announced by Desslock, Gamespot has a review of Wizardry 8. Their rating is an enthusiastic 9.1 (readers rating stands at equally high 8.9 right now). Needless to say that they were impressed by SirTechs latest (last?) game in the Wizardry universe:

    In fact, developing your characters by increasing their skills and experience levels is one of the most enjoyable things about Wizardry 8, if not the most enjoyable. Each of the game's character classes becomes noticeably more powerful as they gain experience levels; fighters will gain additional attacks; monks, ninjas, rangers, and samurai will perform lethal critical hits; and mages can rain fireballs and nuclear strikes on their enemies' heads. Wizardry 8 also features a skill system that resembles that of online RPGs such as EverQuest and Asheron's Call; you can increase your character's skill by either spending skill points (which you gain each level) or by using that skill repeatedly. And each time a character gains a level, it'll gain more statistics points, such as strength, intelligence, and dexterity; and once a character reaches extremely high statistics, it'll gain access to even more powerful high-level skills, like power-casting magic spells or armor-piercing power-strike melee attacks. All these things basically mean that each time you win a fight, you'll often see members of your party increase in skills, often in multiple skills. Wizardry 8 gives you lots of visual indicators that your characters are growing stronger with each fight. As with previous games in the series, it can be extremely satisfying to watch your humble party of beginners grow into a group of highly skilled powerhouses. Though Wizardry 8 allows you some freedom to explore the game's world and meet its inhabitants, the most compelling reason to replay the game after you've completed it is to create a new party of different characters and develop their high-level abilities and skills.
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